Daily Reflection


The Old Testament reaction to aggression was to give back with equal aggression— “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. But Jesus teaches a radically different response. The Gospel passage identifies four areas where we need to work out our responses— evil, physical abuse, lawsuits and force. Jesus’ followers are challenged not to imitate the actions and attitudes of their opponents. They are called not to react to aggression with aggression, but to respond to it with gentleness and forgiveness. St Paul gives practical suggestions towards a true Christian living: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:20-21).

11th Week in Ordinary Time